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The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 28 June 1996 (USA)
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Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

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Tom Shadyac
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Sherman Klump / Buddy Love / Lance Perkins / Papa Klump / Mama Klump / Grandma Klump / Ernie Klump
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Carla Purty (as Jada Pinkett)
James Coburn ... Harlan Hartley
Larry Miller ... Dean Richmond
Dave Chappelle ... Reggie Warrington
John Ales ... Jason
Patricia Wilson Patricia Wilson ... Dean's Secretary
Jamal Mixon ... Ernie Klump Jr.
Nichole McAuley ... Fit Woman
Hamilton von Watts Hamilton von Watts ... Health Instructor (as Hamilton Von Watts)
Chao Li Chi ... Asian Man (as Chao-Li Chi)
Tony Carlin Tony Carlin ... Host
Quinn Duffy ... Bartender
Montell Jordan ... Himself
Doug Williams ... Band Leader
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Storyline

Brilliant and obese scientist Sherman Klump invents a miraculous weight-loss solution. After a date with chemistry student Carla Purty goes badly, a depressed Klump tries the solution on himself. Though he instantly loses 250 pounds, the side effects include a second personality: an obnoxiously self-assertive braggart who calls himself Buddy Love. Buddy proves to be more popular than Sherman, but his arrogance and bad behavior quickly spiral out of control. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Inside Sherman Klump, a party animal is about to break out.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,411,725, 30 June 1996

Gross USA:

$128,814,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$273,961,019
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Imagine Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR | DTS-Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene with Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle, their dialogue was mostly improvised. See more »

Goofs

When Buddy and Miss Purdy go to Scream for the first time, it appears that their table is almost directly opposite the front of the stage. When Buddy later plays the piano on stage and sings to Miss Purdy, he is facing to the left of stage (ie. not in her direction). If he wanted to face her while playing the piano, his head should be turned to his right rather than looking straight ahead. See more »

Quotes

[Cletus farting at dinner with his family, Ernie Jr laughing]
Grandma Klump: There you go again, popping off gas in front of this lovely young lady.
Mama Klump: We're trying to have a meal, you want to put that break on your gas!
Grandma Klump: I hope your ass turn into a frog.
Papa Klump: She ain't that cute that I have to hold that gas in my ass!
Mama Klump: Don't nobody want to hear your flatulence, Cletus Klump!
[Cletus lets a fart]
Mama Klump: You're such a disgrace!
Papa Klump: I stopped holding my gas a long time ago, you know that?
Mama Klump: Cletus, you're gonna spoil the dinner table ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, outtakes are shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Sherman Klump opens the drawer in his desk and reveals the secret compartment containing all the candy, there is a row of 'Snickers' bars on the top. In some T.V. versions, at least in the UK, the word 'Snickers' is digitally altered to 'Chocky'. See more »

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Soundtracks

Bounce 2 This
Written by Montell Jordan and Schappell Crawford
Performed by Montell Jordan featuring Kadence
Courtesy of Rush Associated Labels Recordings
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Commenting on the comment "fatism" below
23 June 2000 | by zetesSee all my reviews

As a fat person myself, I encounter prejudice every day. Movies are especially bad, because it is still considered okay to make fun of fat people. Most skinny people just assume that we're lazy. They think that we have the potential to be as thin as is considered "normal," but we just are too lazy to do anything about it. That is absolutely false (not that the skinnies would ever buy that, but I can at least try).

Anyway, to get to The Nutty Professor, I found it to be one of the most sympathetic portrayals of fat people ever put on film. The only one that tops it is James Mangold's Heavy, although the protagonist's weight wasn't all that was harming his well-being.

The Nutty Professor did have some physical comedy involving fat that one could take as funny, but I never felt that the jokes were degrading. The main reason that I feel this was so sympathetic was that, though he experienced life as a skinny stud, he did decide to be a fat man at the end. One can chock this up to formulae, but something that Sherrman Klump said at the end really touched me: "I could try to lose weight, but I'm always going to be a fat man, and you're just going to have to live with that." I think that a film where the screenwriters who were bigoted would have said something like, "I'll lose weight without this stupid formula." That's not what happened, though, and I'm glad for that.


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